Singer Adds 'All Lives Matter' Into ‘O Canada' At All-Star Game

Remigio Pereira of Canadian quartet, The Tenors, switched the lines to “O Canada” to include the politically controversial statement.

Everyone watching or in attendance at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game experienced an uncomfortable moment on Tuesday when one of the singers performing at the event changed up the Canadian national anthem to include the contentious phrase “all lives matter” into the lyrics.

Remigio Pereira, a member of multi-platinum Canadian vocal group called The Tenors, replaced “With glowing hearts we see thee rise, the True North strong and free!” in “O Canada” to sing, “We’re all brothers and sisters, all lives matter to the brave.”

To make things worse, he even held up a handwritten sign with the slogan that is widely regarded a counter-argument to “Black Lives Matter” during the recital.


With racial tensions running high in the United States, where the game was actually taking place, Pereira’s move wasn’t much appreciated. Even those not offended by the phrase called the alteration to the original lyrics absolutely disrespectful.




Apparently, the Fox broadcast cut to commercial during the Canadian national anthem, so the American audience largely missed the addition to the lyrics.

Here’s what Twitterati had to say about the unfortunate event:







The Tenors, in the meantime, have distanced itself from both the controversy and political statement by saying Pereira acted on his own. They even called him a “lone wolf.”


It is unclear if Pereira was fully aware of the consequences or the political significance of “All Lives Matter” when he decided to switch things up.

Although the phrase has always been controversial, the debate surrounding has gained more heat over the past week following the police deaths of several African American men — including Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. "All lives matter" popped up in response to Black Lives Matter, and many consider it a racist response that denies problems of police violence and bias against African Americans. 

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